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Old 11-29-2023, 05:32 PM   #1
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Cougar 32RLI slides only work when connected to tow vehicle.

The slides on our 2017 Cougar 32RLI stopped working unless I'm connected to my tow vehicle. We were able to extend them, but they would not retract. The battery is fully charged and we are getting shore power. Interior/exterior lights and awning all work. The slides extend and retract when I am connected to my tow vehicle. Any help / advice would be appreciated.
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Old 11-29-2023, 06:53 PM   #2
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I would have the battery(s) load tested.
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Old 11-29-2023, 08:29 PM   #3
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If you going by the battery status lights while plugged into shore power you are seeing the charge voltage. Have your battery load tested as Chuck recommended.
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Old 06-16-2024, 06:08 PM   #4
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Did you solve the issue?

Hey Mike, did you ever find the cause of the issue? I have the same problem on my Bullet even though I have a brand new battery. I'm curious to know what you found
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Old 06-17-2024, 06:58 AM   #5
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Hey Mike, did you ever find the cause of the issue? I have the same problem on my Bullet even though I have a brand new battery. I'm curious to know what you found
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If you have a "brand new battery" I would double check the reverse polarity fuses on the converter/charger... Replacing the battery means disconnecting the battery cables. Sometimes when reconnecting the battery, just enough "momentary contact" with ground or the wrong post on the battery will blow one or both of the reverse polarity fuses and stop the converter from charging the battery. Then, once its discharged, the slides stop working even though the lights in the trailer still work normally.
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Old 06-17-2024, 05:54 PM   #6
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Hey John

Thanks for the response. Yes, I can do a better job of qualifying "new battery". What I meant is that
1) The battery was bought 2 months ago so is very new in that sense, but also,
2) I leave my battery in my garage on a charger when not used, so when I install it on my trailer, it is fully charged.

I would think that even if the charger/converter is not functioning, that a fully charged battery should work? Unless a faulty charger could drain the battery enough to prevent the slide from working?

I will still test the charger to make sure it is good. My plan is just to measure the battery voltage without shore power and then check if the voltage goes up after connecting shore power. Not sure if this is good enough

I do want to check the reverse polarity fuses, however, I do not know where to find them. I don't have a wiring diagram for my trailer and have read that the fuses are generally around the battery area, but cannot find them. I have a Bullet 272 BHS 2013 model.
I was thinking there might be some high resistance path from the battery to the slide due to a dodge connection or perhaps a corroded/damaged fuse. That could cause the voltage to dip too much when current is drawn...but I still need to test for that

So,
1) Is my strategy for the charger testing sound? Just a simple voltage check? Should the voltage bump by a certain amount to be sure it is good, or just any increase? I only have a basic multimeter
2) How do I locate my reverse polarity fuses? Is there a chance that I do not have those?
3) Anything else I can test while pulling out the tools to test?

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Old 06-17-2024, 07:21 PM   #7
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Just found your post here (https://www.keystoneforums.com/forum...4&postcount=11) about where to look for the fuses. The picture of the panel looks like mine so will check that out this week
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